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MIAs and troops abroad remain Korean War legacies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A truce stopped the fighting in Korea that once threatened to spread into a world war whose outcome might have been decided by nuclear weapons. Sixty years later, the costs of the Korean War continue to mount even amid relative peace.
Hostility lingers between the North and South and between the North and the United States. No formal diplomatic relations exist between the U.S. and the communist nation in spite of the war's end on July 27, 1953.
That ongoing antagonism is rooted in the U.S. commitment to take a leading role in assisting the South should war break out again.
Another powerful legacy from the 1950-53 conflict is more personal for Americans: the seemingly endless challenge of accounting for thousands of U.S. servicemen still listed as missing in action.